I once heard someone say “There’s no such thing as happy places, only happy people.” Having lived in both large and small places, I can tell you that each has its pro’s and cons. And the size of the place never really made much of a difference for my overall happiness.
If you’ve been contemplating moving into a smaller place, or already live in a small place and haven’t quite figured out how to make it work for you, here are a few tips.
Tip #1: Spend more time outdoors
When you’re outside it doesn’t matter how large or small your home is.
Tip #2: The Right Stuff
Go through a little bit of your stuff each week to weed out anything that’s not adding value. Just because you’ve had things for a long time doesn’t mean you should keep them forever.
Tip #3: Organize vertically
Clutter hides in a big home. But in a small home, clutter quickly gets in your way. Getting and staying organized is key.
When you don’t have a lot of floor space, you can use vertical space to make up the difference. Hang things on walls or from ceilings. This brings me to Tip #4.
Tip #4: Use your imagination
Some creativity and craftsmanship goes a long way.
- Turn that space under the stairs into a bookshelf or drawers.
- Try fold-away tables and desks.
- Try bunk-beds for the kids.
- Replace an awkward door with a sliding door.
The list of possibilities is truly endless. And if you can change your place structurally, you can do some really interesting and unique things that make the place even more fun to live in.
Here are a few more ideas to get you going.
Tip #5: Do interesting things with the money you’ll save.
Less space means less to heat, less to cool and less to clean. It can also mean a lower tax bill and probably means a lower mortgage or rent.
With all the money you’ll save on those expenses, you’ll be able to boost payments to debt, savings or investments. Or if you just want to live a little richer, you can do that too.
So there you have it. Living in a small space doesn’t have to mean going without. It can be an opportunity to shed clutter, save money and start a new chapter in life.
What’s your story? Are you thinking about down-sizing your living space? What makes it appealing to you. And what’s holding you back?
Check out Mr. Frugals tips on how to get the most out of purging your stuff.